La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers)
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La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers)
This highly political film about the Algerian struggle for independence from France took "Best Film" honors at the 1966 Venice Film Festival. The bulk of the film is shot in flashback, presented as the memories of Ali (Brahim Haggiag), a leading member of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN), when finally captured by the French in 1957. Three years earlier, Ali was a petty thief who joined the secretive organization in order to help rid the Casbah of vice associated with the colonial government. The film traces the rebels' struggle and the increasingly extreme… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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"Essential viewing."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Superb and unrivalled."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Its content has classic and tragic dimensions beyond politics."
‑ Harold Clurman, The Nation
"Partially because of its documentary style, used so effectively by director Gillo Pontecorvo, it never gets heavy-handed -- exploring the idea of violence as a necessary evil for freedom."
‑ Eric Melin,
"One of the essential works of world cinema."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Both a how-to manual for guerrilla terrorism and a cautionary tale about how to fight it. It's also quite possibly the finest war film ever made."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"What lessons a modern viewer can gain from the film depends on who is watching and what they want to see."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film establishes a kinetic documentary effect, making the impact of every shoot-out and explosion a deeply personal experience."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
""The Battle Of Algiers" is a one of a kind masterpiece of pure cinema that you will never forget."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A riveting reconstruction of the struggle for independence in mid-50s Algiers, its pseudo-documentary style still feels as headline-fresh as its content."
‑ Matthew Leyland,
"It's a dedicated effort with importance as a 'document.'"
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's as fresh and suspenseful as anything before or since."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"This seminal. meticulously crafted work about Algiers struggle for freedom won the Venic Film Fest top award, and deservedly garnered Pontecorvo Oscar nominations as Best Director and Co-scribe."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's a frank blend of exoticism, eroticism and foreshadowed horror."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Gillo Pontecorvo's epic of revolutionary fervour has dimmed not an iota since it was first released in 1966."
‑ , Independent
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